Girl, born May 2008
Laurel is a beautiful little girl who is 7 years old! She came into care when she was about 3 years old, apparently having had little stimulation or training. She was diagnosed with CP, and they began working with her at the orphanage. Laurel has good fine motor skills, and is able to walk without assistance. She is toilet trained (during the day). Her language is a bit behind, although it is difficult to know if that is due to the CP, lack of early education and adult interaction (before she arrived at the orphanage), or just general speech issues. A thorough exam and evaluation when she comes home will be helpful and lead her family in the right direction to help her. Laurel is very sweet, active, and a generally happy little girl! She needs a family!
James and Holly have been married for 18 ½ years, and have been blessed with 5 awesome biological children: Christian – 17, Caleb – 15, Cheylyn -12, Colton – 10, and Caden – 18 months. James is privileged to work from home when he isn’t traveling, and Holly has the most awesome job in the world as a “Stay-at-Home Mom”! They have been considering adoption for a long time now, and have even tried to adopt out of the US foster system on several different occasions, but to no avail. Even with all the heartbreaks, Holly continued to look at all the adoption websites on a weekly (daily most times!) basis, and pray that they would find the children that God had already planned for their family, and also pray for all the children to find their forever homes. That’s when Holly finally saw “Lexi” (9), and after finding out which agency was listing her, she got signed up on their website, where she also found “Laurel” (3), and just knew they were meant to be sisters! The entire family is super excited to finally be able to get farther than the homestudy, and are committed to bringing these two little girls home from China! They are already super thankful for any support that you may be able to provide to help them finally bring two more girls into their family, as they know that every bit counts!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at facebook.com/pages/This-Is-Our-Mandate
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